The New York Times trashes 450 years of toxicology in a single headline.
“E.P.A. Sets Poison Standards for Power Plants” was the Times‘ headline this morning for the print edition of its article on the new EPA power plant emissions standards.
There remains no evidence, however, that anything emanating from coal-fired power plant stacks in the U.S. has, is, or will hurt anyone or anything.
As Paracelsus wrote about 450 years ago,
All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.
As power plant emissions are diluted to harmless levels by the time anyone is exposed to them, the Times‘ headline is dramatically incorrect.